Music Professor

Olympia, Washington State
$53,217.00 per contract year (177 days)
Aug 23, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Community College

Position type

Faculty, Full time Temporary


$53,217.00 per contract year (177 days)


August 23, 2017


Open until filled


Main Campus; Olympia, WA


South Puget Sound Community College seeks candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year to fill a full-time, 1-year temporary position for a Music Professor in Choral Ensembles and Music Theory.  This position is scheduled to begin effective September 11, 2017.

Successful candidates will possess the interest, skills and abilities to help college teams lead the state in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success.  Candidates will be able to or have interest in learning how to:

  • Place student success at the center of all decision-making.
  • Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners.
  • Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence.
  • Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation.
  • Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of others.



Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:


  • Craft contextualized and integrated learning experiences to meet stated student learning outcomes at the course, program and college-level.
  • Create and facilitate authentic integrated learning experiences for students in the areas of Music, especially music fundamentals and theory, choral music performance and music history so that students can apply their learning to the world of work and further education.
  • Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills and abilities in Music, Humanities-distribution, and college abilities.
  • Apply multiple teaching and learning strategies that promote the affective, cognitive and kinesthetic domains of learning.
  • Have experience with online learning.
  • Use local, state, and national data and analytics to continuously improve strategies for student success.
  • Advise students regarding academic pathways and the courses needed to reach each student’s academic goals.
  • Use a wide range of learning resources, tools and technologies to improve access and student success in higher education.
  • Collaborate to maintain oversight of music resources: budget, instructional and support spaces, musical equipment, and the music library.
  • Collaborate to carry out the mission and governance of the music program by developing and updating curricula; identifying appropriate technology; handling class scheduling and adjunct evaluation, and offering public performances quarterly, etc.


MINIMUM Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Music or Music Education with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in Music
  • Evidence of excellence in general musicianship (musical skills, sensitivity in interpretation, a developed ear, etc.)
  • Expertise in vocal and choral pedagogy and keyboard skills
  • Experience working with and performing in both large and small choral ensembles
  • Three years of teaching experience including demonstrated ability in music theory or fundamentals, including discipline-appropriate instructional technology
  • Evidence of regular and recent performance activity

preferred qualifications

  • Experience teaching in all areas of teaching assignment (Music fundamentals and theory and Choral Ensemble conducting) and using multiple instructional modes, i.e. teaching online or hybrid or using an electronic learning management system (LMS) classroom to support instruction
  • Experience directing choral ensembles
  • Experience developing curriculum and using multiple instructional modes, i.e. online, hybrid, or an LMS classroom as course support to meet course learning objectives
  • Promising record of vocal performance and conducting
  • Experience collaborating with other musicians (including those from the community) to plan and coordinate concerts
  • Experience managing a budget and tracking departmental finances 
  • Evidence of recruiting and retaining choral students

supplemental questions

Please include responses to the following requirements to be considered for the position, not to exceed three pages.

  1. Teaching philosophy
  2. Portfolio requirement: Link to audio or audio/video files of a music performance you conducted and sample programs from concerts you conducted in part or in total;
  3. Two sample syllabi – one for a music fundamentals or theory class; one for a choir or vocal technique class


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  1. Completed SPSCC Employment Application
  2. Letter of formal application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in this announcement
  3. Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications
  4. Completed Supplemental Questions
  5. Copies of unofficial transcripts.



Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:




Human Resource Office

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road SW

Olympia, WA 98512


(360) 596-5706